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The World Atlas of Wine Hardcover – 13 Sep 2001
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This is something of a dream-team production. The names of Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson are self-recommending for any book on which they appear: their unprecedented collaboration on The World Atlas of Wine is a guarantee of the most distinguished and intelligent writing on the subject... so it proves. The fifth edition (in 30 years) of this astonishingly successful book lives up to, and surpasses, its predecessors. In 350 densely packed but never clotted pages the authors manage the extraordinary feat of characterising wine production throughout the world, from Vancouver Island to Japan--for Buddhists first planted vines in that inhospitably precipitous, monsoon-lashed land over a thousand years ago. After a substantial introductory section dealing with the history of wine, its making, storage and enjoyment, we're off. Starting (where else?) with France and Burgundy. Each wine area is summarised in terms of its geography, climate and preferred vines; and the appellations, laws and traditions that govern production. The discussion of Pomerol, for example, tells you a great deal in one short page. Even since 1994, when the fourth edition came out, vast changes have swept the wine world, and many parts of the atlas have been correspondingly completely reworked. South America and Canada, Southern France and Italy, Greece, Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean are among areas that have benefited. The regional maps which form the core of the book are a triumph of clarity. The whole production constitutes a brilliant achievement of organisation and synthesis, forming an indispensable resource for any wine lover at all interested in where the wine they drink comes from and why it tastes the way it does. --Robin Davidson
There are few books in the overcrowded field of wine that have had such a remarkable impact as The World Atlas of Wine. The first four editions have sales in excess of 3.5m copies. Clearly, though, the powers that be at Mitchell Beazley decided that something was needed to freshen the brew, and now two of the leading wine authorities, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, have joined forces to produce this very tempting fifth edition. Of course, this could have been a case of "don't fix it if it ain't broke"- Johnson seemed to be doing a wonderful job on his own - but the two authors' thorough and expansive revision has produced a truly definitive volume that is still the key addition to any wine lover or professional's library.See all Product description
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In the books defence, it does what it says on the tin. It is an atlas and hence is a detailed look into the regions which produce the wine. In my defence, I admit I had expected more detail giving such glowing reviews. A beautiful book, but one that will cast aside on the coffee table in lieu of my bedside table.
I've knocked off one star because of the maps. It might be churlish to complain about this in a reference work, but I find many of them too detailed and therefore difficult to use. All the information is there, don't get me wrong, but I can stare at the maps for a while and still struggle to get a real "feel" for the topography and its connection with the wine itself. I understand that space is a premium, and that this is probably the only way to include all the information the authors want to, but I can't help harking back wistfully to an old Oz Clarke Wine Atlas that I used to own, whose "3-D" maps were an absolute delight, and which gave me that link between topography and wine far better.
It does of course have a predictable balance towards France in its huge detail on French regions, which is a great resource to refer to, though it is not a luxury afforded to any other country. In the introduction to Italy for example, the writers put Italy almost on a par with France in terms of importance, but then proceed to give it a third of the page space. Personally I usually favour Italian at least as much as French, although I concede that France has had more essential impact on international varieties and styles, but Italy has more of its own varieties than any other country, and deserves almost equal billing. France continues to be of massive importance of course, just be warned that this book doesn't quite give you a 21st century picture, with anything like the same detail on the New World, or modern Italy and Spain, although I guess that would make it a much bigger book!
As those 2 degrees would indicate that he has maintained his brain in working condition, I would assume that the book must be really OK in every aspect. I hope this counts as enthusaism for something I have not seen, but am delighted with the enthusiasm which bubbled up north.
Also he told me it arrived in perfect shape and earlier than expected. HOpe this is useful. GK